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Cinfhen
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Slaying it @MallenNC @monalyisha my second book from Melyssa‘s #ALspine list and another definite PICK!! Minnie Driver was just a lovely person to spend time with today. I enjoyed hearing her journey in essays and found her refreshing and authentic. Her unconditional upbringing led to some very colorful & heartfelt stories. While it‘s s bit of a stretch to use for #Barbados & #Uruguay I am😄 #ReadingAmericas23

MallenNC This one was an impulse buy for me and I ended up loving it. I liked the essay format and the stories she chose to tell. She definitely had an interesting upbringing! 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 1mo
Librarybelle You‘re rocking this!! (edited) 1mo
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Cinfhen I might go back to #Uruguay and #Barbados at another time but for now I‘m happy to cross it off @Librarybelle 1mo
Cinfhen She‘s SO LIKEABLE @squirrelbrain @MallenNC 1mo
BarbaraBB Wow! Well done! 1mo
Megabooks This was a really good memoir! 1mo
TieDyeDude I hadn't heard of this. I met her once after a concert of hers. She was so sweet. 1mo
Cinfhen Yeah. I found her to be a great storyteller @Megabooks you have a similar look to Minnie @BarbaraBB it‘s that gorgeous curly hair xxxx 1mo
Cinfhen Yeah. I found her to be a great storyteller @Megabooks you have a similar look to Minnie @BarbaraBB it‘s that gorgeous curly hair xxxx 1mo
Cinfhen Im so glad to hear that she was lovely in “person” @TieDyeDude because she comes across as TOTALLY approachable. The audio was great! I hope you‘ll give it a listen 🎧 1mo
BarbaraBB I had to look her up and yes we‘ve got the same curls. That‘s about the only similarity 😀😘 1mo
dariazeoli I was pleasantly surprised by this one when I listened to it last year! 1mo
Cinfhen Yeah @dariazeoli I wasn‘t sure what I was expecting but Minnie‘s personality and humor won me over!!! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB your curly hair is so pretty, B!! 💜 (edited) 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Another #ReadingAmericas23 audio that I flew through 🥰I thought this would be a mindless listen ( and it was😉) but it was so entertaining and a great escape. Two moneyed Greenwich families fly to #Bermuda for their daughter‘s destination wedding, where of course family secrets explode. Would work for #52BookClub23 #secrets #contemporarysetting #Scribd

Librarybelle Another one for me to check out! I love listening to mindless stories while doing house chores…😂 1mo
Cinfhen Exactly @Librarybelle !!! 1mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, goody, another one that *is* on Scribd, although I can‘t remember what I‘d already noted for this prompt, so we‘ll see…. 1mo
Cinfhen It was mindless but entertaining @squirrelbrain and it definitely could be a #doubledip @Librarybelle 1mo
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#ReadingAmericas23 #UpNext My expectations are in check ✅ But I‘m looking forward to diving (😉) into #StVincentAndTheGrenadines @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Curious what you‘ll think. Setting is great anyhow 🥰 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m only about an hour into the audio but I‘m REALLY LIKING it @BarbaraBB - exactly the book I crave when I want an easy listen 💜 1mo
BarbaraBB I can totally see why! 1mo
Librarybelle I‘m looking forward to this one! 1mo
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Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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21 + hours but worth my time!! A great fully fledged #HF novel about Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a slave girl from #Montserrat who grows an empire throughout the West Indies including #Guyana #Dominica & #Grenada #Hoopla Loved the narration 🎧#ReadingAmericas23

Cinfhen Would also work for #Booked2023 #MultipleGenerations 1mo
squirrelbrain Wow, that is long! But sounds very good, and ticks off a lot of countries…. 1mo
Cinfhen Yeah @squirrelbrain 4 great countries 😊😁 1mo
Librarybelle Love your flowers! This may be one for me to #DoubleDip in challenges next year. I‘ll have to remember that! 1mo
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Island Queen | Vanessa Riley
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Really enjoying this massive #HF about real life business magnate Dorothy Kirwan Thomas. A once slave girl who became one of the wealthiest women in the West Indies. #ReadingAmericas23 #Monserrat #Guyana #Dominica

rockpools Sounds great! 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s really good @rockpools but it‘s a chunkster!!! Although I‘m so enraptured by “Doll” that I don‘t mind the page count 💕 1mo
Librarybelle So good to know! Stacking! 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Loving the cover - but so far the material is a bit dry. #ReadingAmericas23 #Peru #Ecuador Im hoping the story will get more interesting 🤞🏽#Hoopla

Librarybelle Hopefully it will get better! 1mo
Cinfhen I think it might go in #hibernation @Librarybelle 😬it‘s not holding my attention and I feel like I have more options this early on in the challenge 💜 1mo
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Cinfhen
The Escape Artist | Jonathan Freedland
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I‘ve read dozens of Holocaust NF and this one ranks amongst the most moving & compelling. Walter Rosenberg, a bright young man from Slovakia risked his life to escape from Auschwitz, in order to warn the Hungarian Jews, the last Jewish community to be deported, what would befall them in the coming weeks. Rosenberg defines the word hero in every sense & facet. This book is begging for a movie adaptation! It‘s a stunning story & worthy of 5 ⭐️
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Cinfhen I guess I did jump the gun on my #Top22of22 because this book 💯deserves a place on the list🫶🏼 2mo
BarbaraBB Fantastic review! 2mo
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Cinfhen It‘s an incredible story and brilliantly told @BarbaraBB - im awed 2mo
Megabooks Wow!! Thanks for the tag! 2mo
jlhammar Great review! I agree, this was excellent. So gripping. 2mo
TrishB Great review. I always check on kindle when I think I want to stack a book and this is currently 99p 👍🏻 2mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh @TrishB it‘s TOTALLY worth it! Yay 😁 I couldn‘t believe how little I knew about this specific story @jlhammar @Megabooks - out of the millions of Jews brought to Auschwitz only 4 Jews successfully escaped! And 105 Poles & Soviets in total who were being held as enemies of the Reich. 2mo
squirrelbrain Thanks for the tip! @TrishB 2mo
Cinfhen Glad you saw the deal @squirrelbrain 😘 2mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain always surprised how happy they make me 😁 1mo
Librarybelle Stacking! 1mo
CBee @Cinfhen I started listening to this in the car today, I‘m already hooked. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m so happy to see so many stacking and reading this book @Librarybelle @CBee It‘s such an amazing story and there‘s a lot to think about 1mo
MyNamesParadise After seeing your post on this book, I went out and bought it. I‘m eager to read it! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m so happy to hear that @MyNamesParadise please lmk what you think 🧡 - hope u love it too 1mo
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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1965 #DominicanRepublic
Ana, 15 is pledged to Juan, a much older man who has US citizenship. Within weeks, Ana is married & shipped off to the US away from her family & all she knows. Juan is not the hero the family promised he‘d be. I thought this book would be light & frothy but it‘s quite dark & grim👇🏼

Cinfhen It took me awhile to adjust to the reader‘s voice but I was really compelled by Ana‘s story,especially since it‘s based on the author‘s family history. #ReadingTheAmericas23 2mo
TrishB This has been on my pile for a while! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Going to read it too for the challenge. 2mo
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TheBookHippie I enjoyed this. Took me a bit as well. 2mo
Cinfhen I thought of bailing early on @TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB @TrishB but I ended up really “enjoying” ❤️ So glad I read for #ReadingAmericas23 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I loved this book! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m definitely planning on reading more by the author @MicheleinPhilly 2mo
Librarybelle Great review! 2mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Librarybelle I‘d definitely recommend it for #DominicanRepublic 2mo
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Roll the Dice | Robbie Cox
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Very excited to try my hand at #roll100 in 2023!! I‘ve made separate lists for print books and audiobooks. My goal is to do one roll from each list every month. Who knows, maybe I‘ll do more?? I read so many more audiobooks that I‘m hoping to make a major dent in this. Some of these have been hanging around since I started listening in 2016!

Cinfhen Impressive list! Lots of titles I‘m familiar with but I haven‘t read/ listened to most of them! Only a handful from this list 2mo
Cinfhen How funny…..I loved #11 from this too!!! And I did listen on audio which was fabulous 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen that is funny, especially since I love 11 because of my birthday! I definitely want to get to sister since it works for #ReadingtheAmericas2023! 2mo
Cinfhen Yup!!! It does work for #ReadingAmericas23 and 11 is a cool number especially given your bday 😁 2mo
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Cinfhen
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#DealAlert 🔔🚨‼️Available today on #USAudible $2.99
I believe this works for #ReadingAmericas23 #Barbados and I saw a reference to #Uruguy too
This also happens to be in my #AuldLangSpine list from @MallenNC so I‘m excited for that bonus 😄

Librarybelle Thanks for posting this! 2mo
TheBookHippie Oooo 2mo
Cinfhen When an audio im interested in costs less than a coffee im all in @TheBookHippie @Librarybelle 💗 2mo
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Megabooks My library had it, and I started it just now when I took molly out for her long walk. It‘s good so far and her voice is awesome! 2mo
Cinfhen Oh cool @Megabooks so u can let me know which countries this covers for #ReadingAmericas23!!!! 2mo
Megabooks Yes, I just finished the essay where her dad kicks her out of his home in Barbados. Not much local flavor since she was a kid, but one of the essays does fit! 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ll take it @Megabooks and apparently Uruguay is another essay 🤷🏼‍♀️🙏🏻 2mo
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